The language of Niuafo'ou Island
Niuafo'ou shares with its neighbouring Polynesian languages Tongan and 'Uvean (Bataillon 1932) the same inventory of segmental phonemes which consists of five vowels and twelve consonants. Phonetic long vowels and diphthongs occur, but long vowels are analysed either as sequences of two identical vowels (I.2.2. ( C-1)) or as protraction of a single vowel accompanying word intensity emphasis (I.3.3.2.(A)) and diphthongs as sequences of two non-identical vowels (I.2.2.(C-2)). With the ...[Show more]
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